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New Rule on Deferred Submittals for Manufactured Roof Truss Engineering

The Bureau of Development Services will only accept the deferred submittals after the main building permit has been issued. As of Feb. 1, 2018 BDS is discontinuing any practice of allowing the deferred submittal to be turned in while the main permit is still under review.

Updated Newsletter


New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Applicants intending to be subject to the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code must submit complete packages, prepare for possibility of service delays.

Updated Public notice


DRAC Meeting has been moved from Dec. 19 to Dec. 12, 2019

The date for the December 2019 DRAC meeting was rescheduled.

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Updated: City Council is Considering Extension of the Sunset Date for Certain Regulations for Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

On Thursday, December 5, 2019 Mayor Wheeler proposed an amendment to the recommendation to revise the sunset date of the regulations adopted in 2016 to December 31, 2024.

Updated Public notice


Deconstruction Ordinance Expansion

Portland’s existing deconstruction ordinance is expanding. Effective on and after January 20, 2020 permit applications for demolition of a house or duplex built in 1940 or earlier will be required to deconstruct using a Certified Deconstruction Contractor.

Updated Public notice


New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Applicants intending to be subject to the 2014 OSSC must submit complete packages, prepare for possibility of service delays.

Public notice


Residential Permit Night Temporary Suspension

Residential Permit Night is being temporarily suspended due to the implementation of our new web-based plan review software that is placing additional demands on our staff.

Updated Public notice


All Permits Must Meet Requirements of Adopted 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Starting January 1, 2020

The City of Portland will be adopting the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019 with an effective starting date of October 1, 2019.

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All Permits Must Meet Requirements of Adopted 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Starting January 1, 2020

The City of Portland will be adopting the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019 with an effective starting date of October 1, 2019.

Updated Public notice


Delayed Opening on December 10, 2019

The Bureau of Development Services will have a delayed opening of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 for our annual Bureau-wide employee gathering.

Updated Newsletter


Tiny House Regulations

The State Building Codes Division adopted the 2018 International Residential Code as part of the Oregon Reach Code to provide minimum standards for the construction of tiny houses.

Updated Newsletter


Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

The Bureau of Development Services and all City offices will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 for Thanksgiving.

Updated Public notice


Neighborhood Contact – New Online Tools

Portland’s Neighborhood Contact requirements provide an opportunity for those who live, work or otherwise pass by a development site to learn about a project before the owner submits for permits or applies for a land use review.

Updated Newsletter


New Appeal Submittal Deadlines

What’s happening with Building, Electrical, Floating Structures, Mechanical and Plumbing Appeals? The Submittal Deadlines have changed!

Updated Newsletter


Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Updates

Read news from Planning and Sustainability about the deconstruction ordinance, expanding opportunities for affordable housing, the River Plan/South Reach and DOZA.

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New Policy on Additional Plan Review Fees for Permit Revisions and Changes in Scope of Work

Effective Monday, December 2, 2019 the BDS Business Practice Policy Additional Plan Review Fees for Permit Revisions and Changes in Scope of Work will go into effect.

Updated Newsletter


32nd Annual Neighborhood Fix-It Fair

Development Services will be an exhibitor at the upcoming Fix-It Fair on Nov. 23, 2019.

Updated Newsletter


ProjectDox Version Update Occurring Friday, November 8, 2019

The Electronic Plan Review system (ProjectDox) will be unavailable starting at noon on November 8, 2019 for a version update. ProjectDox should be fully functional on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Updated Public notice


Bicycle Parking Code Update & Proposed Fee Increase

The need for the LUS fee increase is from covering the cost of increased time to review building permit plans for the new bike parking regulations. The fee increase is proposed to take effect on March 1, 2020, when the bike parking regulations take effect.

Updated Public notice


City Council passes URM Placarding Ordinance

On October 10, 2018, City Council passed an ordinance that requires owners of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings to place placards on their buildings.

Updated Newsletter